A Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless System
It is official, Nikon is working on a Nikon full frame mirrorless system. It will require a new mount to maintain the form factor that they want to achieve. A little of what that may look like can be glimpsed in this teaser video from Nikon Europe.
The press release from Nikon makes reference to a new mount. Nikkor lenses and the new mount adaptor will work with Nikon F mount lenses, making that investment in DSLR glass safe. We were recently discussing the Canon developments and surmised that this might be the route that Canon might follow. The new Nikon mount is rumoured to be called a Z mount.
The rumoured specifications are outlined by Nikon Rumours and include two cameras, a 45MP model priced at around $4000 and a 25MP priced at around $3000 both with a lens.
Nikon says additional details, including a release date and a definite price, will be shared at a later date. We don’t know when. So, for people who have been waiting for this camera from Nikon, they will either have to continue waiting or switch to Sony.
Nikon maintains that they will continue with the development of DSLRs, but this announcement is very significant because it sounds the death knell for this type of camera system. What has been the backbone of the professional and enthusiast market for many years, will likely in the future become as niche as medium format cameras. Like with other changes in the industry, e.g the switch to smartphones and the demise of compact cameras, we may be surprised at just how quickly this happens.
Nikon is calling the Nikon full frame mirrorless system, the ‘next generation’ and very much confirms the direction of travel which has been led by Sony. It also underlines the enormous amount of work that both Nikon and Canon must put in just to catch up. Meanwhile, Sony is not standing still. Sony has both companies in their sights to achieve their objective of world domination.
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